Nail trends in 2021: The best 3D jelly nail designs, art, and more
Accessories can make or break an outfit. As do our manicures, though it does contain a distinct advantage over baubles and beads. While it is necessary to slip out of your jewellery at the end of the night for practical purposes, a good set of nails are forever — or, well, at least a more permanent fixture. It stands to reason, then, that it is worth splashing out on 'em talons. As of late, we've seen designs incorporating gemstones; intricate art; studs, and more. And just when we thought we've seen it all, a new trend has emerged. Enter: 3D jelly nails. We've provided the lowdown on the trend, below.
What are 3D jelly nails?
Jelly nails exploded onto the scene a few years ago as the "it" summer look in the Western hemisphere. The style revolves around using coloured gel polishes that would remain transparent or glass–like after curing. 3D jelly nails have expanded on this trend by adding nail art into the mix — builder gel is used to make designs that can range from cute, juicy–looking fruit to water droplets and bubbles.
Sounds interesting, where can we get it done?
Don't be fooled, it may seem relatively simple but it is far from it. The technique is deemed advanced because of how the designs need to be shaped. Without proper control over the brush and the gel used, it would probably look like a mess. It's best to show a picture to your manicurists and let them try to work their magic on you.
However, if you are at an intermediate level when it comes to doing your own gel manis, you could give it a try with the equipment you own. Here are the things you will need:
Jelly nail polishes (coloured and colourless)
Builder gel or polygel (coloured and colourless)
Nail brushes of different sizes
How should I go about doing it?
Start by applying the gel polishes as you normally would. For the glossy effect to pop, you might have to do a couple of layers to achieve an intense colour because jelly nail polishes are usually less pigmented.
After curing your nails under a UV lamp, it is time to build your design. Take a good blob of builder gel and shape it with a brush and quickly cure it under the lamp. Builder gel tends to level itself out, thus losing the shape that you want — try to work quickly and focus on one section at a time. Once that's done, apply a topcoat, cure it, and voilá — you have your own set of 3D jelly nails. At the end of the day, practice makes perfect. Don't be afraid to fail a couple of times. If this is too tedious, purchasing ready–made press–on nail extensions online would save you some time and effort. Etsy is a good place to start.
Should I hop onto the bandwagon if I am physically active?
Unfortunately, it isn't the best option as the 3D aspect leaves more room for the polish to peel off from your nails compared to flat art. If you are weightlifting, carrying bulky equipment, or even doing a lot of household chores, this is probably not the trend for you.